Narrative and violence: the Brazilian Autumn coverage on Twitter

  • Raquel Recuero UCPEL
  • Marco Toledo Bastos Duke University
  • Gabriela Zago UFPel
Keywords: Twitter, bias, violence, narratives, protests


This paper analyses the media coverage of the Brazilian protests that happened in June 2013. We monitored 2,852 tweets from ten news organizations and newspapers that were covering the events on Twitter and, based on content analysis, we compared and identified messages focusing on violence aspects of the manifestations. We also compared this discourse to official data from 268 protests that occurred during the same timeframe, regarding deaths, injuries and arrests. Our results indicate that news coverage on Twitter diverged from official sources, amplifying the violence discourse by focusing tweets’ contents on this topic.


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Author Biographies

Raquel Recuero, UCPEL
Professor and researcher of Graduate Program in Literature of Universidade Católica de Pelotas, Pelotas-RS, Brazil.
Marco Toledo Bastos, Duke University
Post Graduate at Duke University, post graduated, PhD and MA in Communication Sciences by Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo-SP, Brazil.
Gabriela Zago, UFPel
PhD candidate in Communication and Information by Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, professor and researcher in the Course of Digital Design at Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas-RS, Brazil.
How to Cite
Recuero, R., Bastos, M., & Zago, G. (2014). Narrative and violence: the <i>Brazilian Autumn</i&gt; coverage on Twitter. MATRIZes, 8(2), 191-217.
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